Professor Joseph Camilleri Lecture

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May 9, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Tuesday 9 and 16 May

In these two lectures, Professor Joseph Camilleri will address the twin questions of the moment:

How is the world to engage with Trump’s America, and how will the Eagle engage with the Bear and the Dragon, as we navigate our increasingly uncertain future?

These lectures aim to make sense of a world in profound transition, where forces – old and new, creative and destructive – are busily contending to shape the human future.

Tuesday 9 May – America, Russia and China: What to do with the three gorillas in the room

The United States, though still commanding unmatched military might, is in decline, and finds it more and more difficult to impose its will on the rest of the world. The trend is visible everywhere, in diplomacy, trade and finance, and in military conflicts around the world. Russia is beginning to reassert its influence, after 25 years of humiliation following the break-up of the Soviet Union. Though starting from a low base, China has sustained over the last three decades the most remarkable rate of economic growth ever witnessed in modern history.

As one centre of power declines and another rises, new fault lines and tensions emerge, and with them new uncertainties. The lecture will address three key questions:

  • How will these relationships unfold in the coming years?
  • What are the dangers and opportunities they present?
  • How can friends and allies best respond?

With Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping in charge – three leaders with a strikingly authoritarian bent – these are indeed pressing questions needing careful reflection.

Please note there is limited seating for this series, book early to secure your tickets.
Cost: $20 per lecture or $35 for both

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Professor Joseph Anthony CAMILLERI OAM Professor Joseph Anthony CAMILLERI OAM is Emeritus Professor at La Trobe University, where he held the Chair in International Relations. He was founding Director of the Centre for Dialogue, La Trobe University (2006-2012).

Joseph Camilleri is also Managing Director of Alexandria Agenda, a new consultancy offering services in the areas of sustainability, diversity and education.

He has written some 20 major books and more than 100 book chapters and journal articles. Recent publications include: The UN Alliance of Civilizations in Asia – South Pacific: Current Context and Future Pathways (2014); Culture, Religion and Conflict in Muslim Southeast Asia (Routledge 2013); Human Security Matters (2012); Religion and Ethics in a Globalizing World: Conflict, Dialogue and Transformation (Palgrave MacMillan, 2011); Worlds in Transition: Evolving Governance Across a Stressed Planet (Edward Elgar 2009).

Professor Camilleri is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences; he chairs the Editorial Committee of the scholarly journal Global Change, Peace and Security; and is adviser to Ideapod, a new web-based platform aimed at harnessing the power of ideas. He has researched, lectured and given evidence to government and other enquiries on issues of governance, human rights, cultural and religious dialogue, development, environment, and security. He is the recipient of several awards, including the Order of Australia Medal.

Professor Camilleri’s personal website:


May 9, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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St Michael’s Hall
120 Collins St
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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